Source Pravda.Ru

Uzbek Presidential Press Secretary Claim There Are No American Units In Uzbekistan

"There are no American military units in Uzbekistan but the air field maintenance personnel provided by the USA for humanitarian and rescue missions." The number of the American personnel at the air field is limited to a thousand. This information was provided to RIA Novosti by Uzbek Presidential Press Secretary Rustam Jumayev who commented on the allegations of the American Time journal that Uzbekistan and the United States had signed an agreement on a long-term stay of American troops and aircraft on the Uzbek territory. On Monday morning, the journal reported that more than 2,000 American servicemen from the US 10th Mountain Division had been already deployed in the Uzbek Air Force base of Khanabad and that this very base was used by American and British commandos for their operations in Afghanistan. Jumayev stated that Uzbekistan provided the US Air Force with its air space and granted the US transport aircraft and helicopters the right to land on one of Uzbek military air fields. He also said that "it was forbidden to conduct bombing or storm raids, as well as land military operations against Afghanistan from the Uzbek territory." According to him, "this is the position of Uzbekistan concerning struggle against international terrorism."